Trump says "disgraced" Robert Mueller is "looking for trouble" in Russian Federation probe

US President Donald Trump

Trump blasted a New York Times story reporting that McGahn has been co-operating extensively with the special counsel team investigating Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump's Republican campaign. McGahn shared some information investigators would not otherwise have known, The Times said, about events including Trump's attempts to fire Mueller.

Sessions' move came hours after Trump said he had "total" confidence in Sessions, and shortly after then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer pre-recorded a Fox news Channel interview in which he said there was no reason for Sessions to step away.

"John Dowd yesterday said, I'll use his words rather than mine, that 'McGahn was a strong witness for the president, ' so I don't need to know much more about that", Giuliani added.

President Donald Trump kicked off Monday morning with a Twitter attack aimed at Robert Mueller, referring to the special counsel as "Disgraced and discredited", and his investigators as "Angry Democrat Thugs".

According to The New York Times, McGahn became increasingly concerned about Trump's encouragement of his interviews with the special counsel, and feared Trump was setting him up to take the fall for possible illegal acts.

Dean was White House counsel to Nixon during Watergate.

The newspaper also reported that, according to a person with knowledge of the President's thinking, Trump incorrectly thought that McGahn would act as a personal attorney would and exclusively defend the President's interests in interactions with the special counsel team.

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It didn't work. On Sunday the president also claimed, without evidence, that "some members of the media are very Angry at the Fake Story in The New York Times" and had "actually called to complain and apologise".

Also on Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he had encouraged Mr. McGahn and White House staff to cooperate with investigators. Trump's attorneys, including Rudy Giuliani, assumed McGahn would do Trump no damage.

Dean tweeted Sunday that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller". Trump has repeatedly denounced the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow as a "witch hunt". Burck said in a statement Saturday, "President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must".

Once the President's legal team made the decision to waive executive and attorney-client privilege, McGahn had no choice except to cooperate, the source said.

This has reignited an old internal attorney debate over whether Trump's team of attorneys should have cooperated fully with Mueller's attorneys, as attorney Dowd and another former Trump attorney Ty Cobb successfully argued at first to show the president had nothing to hide.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, left, listens as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in August. "And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth. However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"

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